Jaleel White’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Meltdown: Fact or Fiction?
After Jaleel White performed on Monday’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ he did a lot of tearful blubbering about having a tough week — and if a report from the ‘DWTS’ set is to be believed, it was more than just trouble picking up the choreography.
According to Us Weekly, White had a bad rehearsal on Friday and lost his, uhm, stuffing, lashing out at partner Kym Johnson after he stepped on her foot and she winced in pain. Not only did he get all up in her grill, he accused her of “acting like a baby” and repeatedly called her an “idiot.”
Kym reportedly left the room in tears, and White’s fellow competitor, Super Bowl-winning NFL player Donald Driver, who heard the commotion from an adjoining rehearsal studio, intervened to comfort her. White then continued his tirade and “started going off on the producers and shouting about how they put him with a ‘stupid’ partner.”
Pro dancer Mark Ballas supposedly got involved at that point to try to get White to calm down already, at which point White spat, “‘You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!’”
The story says producers had to step in before the situation came to blows, but that “It was a huge fiasco … a total mess.”
So, true or not?
In the reports that have come out since Us published the story a day ago, accounts have been mixed. It seems there was definitely some sort of altercation, but Jaleel told People the original story was “overblown,” and before Monday night’s dance, Kym said, “This has been a stressful week for us, and people have stressful weeks … our dance tonight will show everyone that we really have a great connection.”
When questioned about the brouhaha, Ballas called the Us retelling “severely twisted,” adding, “These things happen. This show is a competitive show. Things get heated.”
For the record, the smile on Kym’s face during the live show didn’t look strained, so either she’s a terrific actress or the whole situation really was overblown. We do know White was already dealing with some personal issues stemming from a custody dispute with his ex — she went public with claims that he “verbally and physically” abused her two years ago, an accusation he says was “swiftly dismissed” by authorities at the time.
But regardless, it seems the erstwhile Urkel has a bit of a temper, and he’d be well-advised to take a time-out if he gets upset — especially since his every move is being documented these days.
“We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters,” he said. “It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s no drama in my life.”